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Iran Pledges Continued Support For Hamas


http://gdb.rferl.org/DBE54BA0-D893-41A9-9B58-77F832A0445D_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/DBE54BA0-D893-41A9-9B58-77F832A0445D_mw800_mh600.jpg Mahmud Ahmadinejad (file photo) (epa) March 6, 2007 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has pledged continued support for the Palestinian Hamas faction, but called for an end to infighting between Palestinian parties.


At a meeting with Ahmadinejad in Tehran, Hamas political leader Khalid Mish'al reiterated the faction's stance that it will never recognize Israel's right to exist.


Hamas agreed last month to form a unity government with the rival Fatah faction.


But Hamas is under strong pressure from Western governments to renounce violence and recognize Israel.


(AFP, dpa)

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